Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Elijah vs. Santa

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Elijah vs. Santa

Article excerpt

Weight advantage: Santa. Sugar and milk

at every stop, the stout man shimmies

down one more chimney, sack of desire

chuting behind, while Elijah, skinny

and empty-handed, slips in invisible as

a once-favored, since-disgraced uncle,

through the propped-open side door.

Inside, I've been awaiting a miracle

since 1962, my 9-year-old self slouching

on this slip-covered sofa, Manischewitz

stashed beneath the cushion. Where

are the fire-tinged horses, the chariots

to transport me? Where is the whirlwind

and brimstone? Instead, our dull-bladed

sleigh rusts in the storage bin beneath

the building's soot-covered flight

of cellar stairs. Come back to me, father,

during December's perfect snowfall

and pull me once more up Schenck

and down Pitkin, where the line wraps

around Church Hall. …

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